BoomTown Fair has sold out of all standard festival tickets and the only tickets remaining are coach + festival ticket packages. The festival, which received a licence to up the capacity to 60,000 in June, is gearing up for the eighth installment of the high octane, fully immersive, story lead spectacular.
Heading back to the Matterley Estate, Nr. Winchester between 11 – 14 August.
The festival have also announced a new stage, The Speakers Corner, with talks across a vast range of topics and guest speakers including Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, Tourette’s Hero Jess Thom and Queen of Bristol bass Eva Lazarus. Conversations will be highlighting everyday issues around race, sexuality, gender and diversity, alongside worldwide politics, such as the refugee crisis, personal awareness and education.
Every kind of musical genre is celebrated at BoomTown, from ska, folk, gypsy, reggae, world, punk, pirate and disco to electro-swing, jazz, blue-grass, bass, jungle and techno, all enjoyed in a spirit of unity and freedom. A huge amount of great music over 23 stages. Boomtown Fair has innovative city-like layout with each “district” having a unique feel, atmosphere and image, that is also reflected on the acts that play the district.
The latest additions join Madness, Damian Marley, Leftfield, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Parov Stelar, Bad Manners, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, The Neville Staple Band, Imelda May, Levellers, Pharoahe Monch and more.
Continuing the awareness raising through education and action, BoomTown have also partnered with the White Ribbon Campaign to support their Safe Music guide. The guide aims to raise awareness among promoters, venue managers and festival organisers of gender-based violence and harassment at music events and to highlight that it is everybody’s issue by encouraging both men and women to step up when needed.
“We are really excited that BoomTown is one of the first festivals to invite us to run an awareness raising event for their festival-goers. Festivals who work with the White Ribbon Campaign are sending a clear message that they take women’s safety seriously and would never keep silent or shy away from tackling it. We hope other festivals will follow BoomTown’s lead.”
Dave Boardman,author of the White Ribbon Campaign’s Safe Music guide
ONE CITY, NINE DISTRICTS:
OldTown – Balkan, Gypsy, Klezmer, Pirate
The dark back streets and shady alleyways of BoomTown’s ancient city port lure the unsuspecting traveller beyond the confines of the map and into another world of seductive sirens singing under street lights and pirate parties storming every tavern. OldTown plays host to the 90-ft pirate ship The Jolly Dodger and the OldTown main stage, which will feature some of the world’s finest exponents of gypsy, Balkan beats, Klezmer and pirate music:
Babylon Circus, Los de Abajo, Bohemian Betyars, N.O.H.A, Les Yeux d’la Tête, Fat Bastard Gang Bastard Gang Band + many more!
Mayfair Avenue – Electro-Swing, Swing, Vintage Remix
A playground for the upper echelons of BoomTown society, where bankers, socialites, aristocrats and secret societies rub shoulders. The well-heeled theatrical high-jinx of Mayfair plays out whilst housing the biggest Electro-Swing and Vintage Remix line up in the world:
Parov Stelar, Molotov Jukebox, The Correspondents (Live Band), Dutty Moonshine Big Band, Smokey Joe & The Kid feat. Mystro, Electric Swing Circus, The Sweet Life Society, The Carny Villains + many more!
Wild West – Folk, World, Bluegrass, Ska, World
A raucous ex-prospecting settlement populated by cowboys, showgirls, bounty hunters and bandits, and ruled by the no-nonsense Sheriff. Away from the district’s dusty trails and ramshackle saloons, three main stages dosey-doe day and night to a rootin’ tootin’ line-up of Folk, Bluegrass, Ska and World music:
Imelda May, Levellers, Afro Celt Sound System, Ojos de Brujo, Nahko & Medicine For The People, Seth Lakeman, Lau, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, Steve N Seagulls + many more!
Barrio Loco – Hip-Hop, Techno, House
The city’s Latin quarter is a neighbourhood that rarely sleeps, with a revolutionary spirit and carnival atmosphere run deep through its streets. The infamous Bassline Circus brings their outdoor show ‘Athletes of the Night’, and in addition to the district’s bass-heavy hub Poco Loco the all-new Vamos stage plays host to a bill of house and techno trailblazers:
Foreign Beggars, Pharaohe Monch (Live), Nightmares on Wax, DJ Craze, Derrick Carter, Derrick May, Jackmaster, Shadow Child, Skream, Reeps One, Octave One (Live), JFB, DJ Format & Abdominal + many more!
Psychedelic – Psy-Trance, Hi-Tech, Progressive Techno
Supported by a collection of the UK’s top Psy promoters (IllumiNaughty, Tribe of Frog, Liquid Records and Return to the Source), the three stages of this district are found in two stunning woodland locations and an inner-city venue, and unite crews, artists and party people from all over the international Psychedelic Trance community:
Hallucinogen, Hilight Tribe, Neelix, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set), GMS, Skazi, 1200 Micrograms, Orb Soundsystem, Ozric Tentacles, JOOF, Alok, Gaudi + many more!
Sector 6 – Bass, Garage, Grime
Every revolution needs an HQ, and BoomTown Chapter 8’s uprising will be bubbling away in the brand new Sector 6! Located in the heart of the district is a power station commandeered by masked revolutionaries, leading their charge to a bass-heavy soundtrack of Garage, Grime, Bassline and Dubstep:
AC Slater, Chris Lorenzo, Deep Medi Takeover, Diemantle, DJ Zinc, MJ Cole, Ms. Dynamite, Newham Generals, Om Unit, So Solid Crew, Special Request, Zed Bias & MC Trigga + many more!
ChinaTown – Ska, Punk, Ska-Punk
The festival’s hub of technology and trade; have your senses challenged from all angles, with intense aromas, neon lights and detailed shop facades creating an intoxicating vibe of mystery, mayhem and music. At the heart of the bustling neighbourhood are the sounds of ska and punk, music that lies at the very core of BoomTown’s history and heritage:
Madness, Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Mad Caddies, The Selecter, Bad Manners, Neville Staple Band, The Slackers, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Chainska Brassika, The King Blues + many more!
TrenchTown – Reggae, Dub, Jungle
One of the festival’s most popular districts and the city hub of all things reggae, dub, dancehall and jungle. At its heart is the Lion’s Den, an ancient Mayan temple towering 40ft into the sky and the UK’s largest dedicated reggae stage. Elsewhere the Hidden Woods stage is all about the beach party vibrations and deep into the woods Tangled Rootscelebrates sound system culture:
Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Morgan Heritage, Inner Circle, Tarrus Riley, Junior Kelly, Tanya Stephens, Kabaka Pyramid & The Bebble Rockers, Channel One Meets Mad Professor + many more!
DSTRKT 5 – DnB, Hardcore, Bass
The neon-lit, underground epicentre of the city, where little is off limits and all manner of twisted fantasies play out in its late night venues. Featuring three brand new stages (Robotika, Scrapyard, Sewage Works) and the incredible nine-storey Bang Hai Palace, a flame-throwing bass music mecca and the city’s most striking skyline spectacle:
RAM Records, Roni Size & Krust present Full Cycle, Critical Sound
Dub Phizix, Calibre, My Nu Leng, TQD, DJ Hype & Hazard
Angerfist, Vandal, Altern-8 + many more!